There is a saying that eating is a necessity, but cooking is an art. Without any doubt, cooking is something that requires skills combined with passion. That is why chef schools exist. Cooking is not simply a matter of having required ingredients and a recipe to follow. To be a better cook, you must cook your heart out. That is why you may want to follow some effective directions to enhance your cooking skills. So, we will discuss 16 tips that will hopefully help the way you cook food.

Keep Your Knives Sharp

Your knife is the most important tool in your kitchen. All sorts of functions, like cutting, chopping, and slicing, are going to be performed with the aid of your knife. A well-sharpened knife will make your work more easy and efficient.

Include Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are great taste enhancers. Aside from salt and pepper, herbs and spices are also very effective at adding remarkable flavor in your dish. Consider these in your recipe, and the result will surely be surprising. Herbs and spices will boost up the taste of your dish without adding additional fats.

Use a Thermometer

Oftentimes, chefs used to check whether the food was thoroughly cooked or not by nipping a small bit of food with their figures, or by pinching a knife in it. In my opinion, that’s not a fair way to check the food. Instead of this, you may use a thermometer to estimate the heat and cooking status of your food.

Keep Your Cookbook Busy

It’s always a good habit to write down your experiences. Written material will surely be helpful to reference in the future. If you noticed that any of your dishes used a specific ingredient more than mentioned in a cookbook, you can note this down in your cookbook. Making a note in your cookbook will also help you memorize it.

Re-memorize the Recipe before Cooking

For all of the new chefs out there, re-memorizing the recipe before you start cooking is sure to be a good habit. Cooking is something more than just combining the ingredients and following a recipe. It is mostly the technique that matters. Recalling the step-by-step procedure of how the ingredients will be added and what precautions you must follow is essential to a good dish.

Arrange Everything in Order

Arranging everything in order means that the onion must be chopped before the oil reaches its maximum temperature. You have to manage the time and make sure that everything is ready before you start cooking.

Non-Stick Utensils

Non-stick utensils will help you avoid the chance of sticking your food to the surface. Such utensils ease you to cook whatever you want without being messy.

Drain Out the Meaty Stuff

It’s really important that all sort of meats, whether they are seafood, mutton or beef, should be well-drained before cooking. A well-drained meat will be cooked more crisply. Meat that has moisture will not be cooked better and will remain sturdy. You may sprinkle salt over the meat and keep it in the ufreezer for some time. Salt will also draw out the moisture from meat.

Make Good Use of Your Hands

Your hand is the basic and most useful tool in cooking. Do not be shy to use your hands while mixing or kneading. Your hands are also the best mixer while marinating.

Maintain the Level of Acid

Sometimes after cooking a dish, you might feel that the taste is lacking something. It often happens even after following the complete recipe. It means that your recipe is lacking the required glamor. Addition of some sort of vinegar may be handy. You may also add citrus acid to your dish at the completion of the cooking process.

Avoid Pre-shredded Cheese

Pre-shredded cheese does not melt like freshly shredded cheese and hence messes up the flavor. Pre-shredded cheese contains a little amount of starch in it to keep it fresh. This starch really damages the melt-ability of cheese. Give priority to the freshly shredded cheese every time.

Sear the Nuts

Nuts always produce a healthy touch in sweet dishes. The best way to use nuts in your food is that before adding them, make sure to sear or toast them. This process will make the nuts crunchier and they will produce a rich taste. Toasting the nuts will also allow you to preserve the real taste of nuts for the longer time.

Rest Your Food

After preparing the dish you have to give some time to the food to rest. When food cooks, all of its juice comes out in the shape of bubbles while it boils. You need this taste to be combined with all of the material. So, avoid serving the meal right after it has been cooked.

Herbs are Your Flowers

Treat your herbs just like flowers. If you do not pay much attention to them, herbs will wither. To avoid them withering, trim the herbs from stems and keep the herbs in the glass of water. Cover the glass to prevent the air from entering and keep it in the fridge to keep the herbs preserved for a longer period of time.

Pay Attention to Smell

To be an efficient cook, you have to enhance the sense of smelling. Despite from recognizing the burnt things, with experience your smell-ability may also tell you whether the food that you are cooking is ready or not.

Taste Before you Serve

It’s really essential to taste the food before you serve it. Sometimes there can be some sort of lack in the texture or flavor of the food. You can eliminate any kind of weakness by tasting the food before serving it.

Always Use a Large Bowl

Using a large bowl instead of a small bowl is a good practice. You can’t mix the ingredients freely in a small space. Thus, always choose a large bowl for any kind of mixing.

Cooking is all about the passion, and without passion you can’t get desired results. By following an efficient approach you can enhance the way you cook food. An additional tip for better cooking is to try to prepare the ingredients for cooking beforehand or even overnight. Preparing beforehand will allow you to avoid any kind of frustration and you will be able to manage the process in a more efficient manner.